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Friday 07/18/14

2013 State Of The Climate Report
NOAA's review of global climate trends for 2013 shows that planet Earth continued the steady warming pattern.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:24PM CDT 07/18/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (16)
Bryce, isn't it true that before the ice age at the time of dinosaurs the planet was much warmer, green house gases much higher levels than today to feed the much bigger and more abundant plant life. To make it sound that humans can change the climate and stop something that is occurring naturally as it has in the past is irresponsible. We need to prepare and use tools to adapt. We will use farming as an example, it is forecasted the the upper Midwest ( prairie pothole region) will experience more rain and larger events yet at the same time these groups are forcing policy that are taking away drainage rights and tools away from this region. These are the facts. Current policies are not addressing the problems correctly.
Posted by Unknown at 10:41PM CDT 07/18/14
Bryce: I am not sure where you are getting your data, but red-faced NOAA had to admit recently that there has been no warming since 1996. The U.N. data is completely fabricated.
Posted by tom vogel at 7:14AM CDT 07/19/14
I'm wondering why nitrous oxide doesn't get more press? Its mentioned here but there are no quantitative values. Nitrous oxide is 296 times more persistent than CO2 - my generation won't make a climate difference with that! In my area, environmentalists are constantly attacking drainage tile. Unwittingly, they don't seem to realize how much drainage tile can reduce denitrification - the production of nitrous oxide. Are the environmentalists ignorant about agriculture or is global warming/carbon dioxide their avenue to assert socialist behavior?!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:17AM CDT 07/19/14
Farming forty miles south of Chicago, we had our third coldest winter in 140 years and we just set another record for the lowest high temperature for the July 15th of 67 degrees for the high that day. Curt is right about the tile.
Posted by Rex Steffes at 12:34PM CDT 07/20/14
I guess that since Chicago's weather determines the price of grain it should also determine the state of global climate? I did see in C-3 website (climate, conservative, consumer) what Tom refers to in his reference. This website shows with graphs that increases in atmospheric carbon (which by the way it denies is happening on the same page) corresponds to increase of grain yields since 1960 so it concludes that carbon is a good thing to grain production, let's tell seed companies like Pioneer that we haven't needed their research, yields are going up because of increases in carbon that C-3 also says is a hoax! This is the "science" that conservatives point to in climate denial. You know I was in the super market and saw a newspaper that claimed Elvis never died and that a "Batboy" was found in a cave! Its all in print, I am sure its real and so why the heck listen to 97% of climate scientists or any scientists when we just want to believe what we want to believe?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:15PM CDT 07/20/14
Jay, it's good to make jokes. but just to be clear we are talking about proposed laws that will hurt our ability to feed the world. You can't eat dirt, you can't eat recyclables, Pioneer, Monsanto and other seed companies are giving us the traits we need to double our yields so we can feed and fuel this world. I am positive the earth is warming and cooling and warming and cooling. I wonder if the reported rise in greenhouse gasses was caused by plants using less co2 in 2012? Plants shut down before grain fill in a lot of fields.
Posted by Mark KIngma at 6:10AM CDT 07/21/14
The climate has always been changing. What caused the glaciers in North America to melt? It must have been GLOBAL WARMING!!!
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 8:01AM CDT 07/21/14
I'm referring to the glacial meltdown that took place hundreds of years ago! Was that caused by native americans keeping warm around their campfires?
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 8:37AM CDT 07/21/14
Oh you're so silly Jeff, natives and as far as that the entire worlds population wasn't burning 90 million barrels of oil per day plus millions of tons of coal,,, in fact they weren't burning ANY fossil fuels! What you fail to understand is that fossil fuels are stored carbon which accumulated over millions of years (yes there are scientists out there that believe the world is older then 5000 years) and releasing this carbon in huge quantities for only <100 years is turning us back to a prehistoric atmosphere. And yes Mark you are right, you can't eat dirt so what kind of ag will exist when all the fossil fuels are depleted? There are better ways to power our transportation system and power the grid, why don't we make the switch now instead of drilling deeper and mining Canadian tar sands which takes a HUGE carbon footprint to extract??? Hanity and Rush are right, there is a "Mideast" of oil in North America,,, only they fail to say it will take another "mideast" of oil to extract it!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 9:50AM CDT 07/21/14
Jay,you still haven't answered as to why North America warmed up to melt the glaciers hundreds of years ago?
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 12:01PM CDT 07/21/14
I'm waiting to here for your response Jay. It seems people don't look any farther than they can see. The glaciers melting and moving thru the glacial lake system seems to never be addressed along with the ice from the last ice age melting.
Posted by Unknown at 7:34PM CDT 07/21/14
Oh wow,,, you guys are on to something I am sure scientists never thought of this! Hurry and call NOAA so they can tell 97% of all scientists they are wrong!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:28AM CDT 07/22/14
Well then answer the question Jay, your here shooting off your mouth as to how much fossil fuels is to blame for our current climate change. You surely should have an educated idea as to why the glaciers melted. And keep NOAA and your scientist out of it.
Posted by GWL 61 at 6:27AM CDT 07/22/14
Ya Jay, The last ice age ended about 10-12000 yrs ago. Global Warming ever since. Please explain it. ... If you and Bryce came out in support of renewable fuels, you would have better luck.
Posted by bbob at 8:55AM CDT 07/22/14
Jay is the kind of neighbor you would sic the dog on. Only if your dog has all of his shots. Rabid socialism might be catching.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 3:22PM CDT 07/22/14
Don't feel bad guys, I've been asking that glacier melting question to all my "green" friends for years to no avail. I'm sure all the fossil fuel use does not do the climate any good, I'm all on board with that. Surely one of those 97 percent of scientists can answer this question and shut all of us simpletons up.
Posted by TOM DRAPER at 7:30PM CDT 07/22/14

Thursday 07/17/14

Canada Crops Benefit From Warmer Weather
The region has turned warmer at the end of this week, after a recent spell of fairly cool conditions. It has also been drier, which is a favorable turn after June's wet and cold weather. The question then becomes how long can this drier, warmer weather last?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:48PM CDT 07/17/14 by Joel Burgio | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Tuesday 07/15/14

El Nino No Cure For California Drought
One season's worth of rain will be insufficient for the third-worst drought on record in California.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:23AM CDT 07/15/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
As California runs out of water in the next 2 years they can be assured that big oil will be able to keep up with their fossil fuel needs so gasoline prices will not rise and the amount of greenhouse gasses they expel will not diminish, proving to the world that we can continue the "American way" despite climate change.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:53AM CDT 07/17/14

Monday 07/14/14

No Heat Threat Yet
Forecast charts do not show a sudden switch from very cool to very hot in the Corn Belt during the next couple weeks.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:48PM CDT 07/14/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Bryce, I know it is a little early, but here in Minnesota, we are wondering if we will get enough heat to get the crop to maturity. We planted most of the crop 3 weeks later than a May 1 normal. We are 100-130 GDU' s behind corn planted May 17 to the 22nd. That is about 6 days behind. Only 9.5 GDU's yesterday and probably not much more today. So we are loosing ground on heat to move the crop along. Do you see any probability of a stretch of above normal temps in August for us to catch up some. A few tassels here and there are starting to show up but full blown pollination is still a week to 10 days away.
Posted by MARK & LEA NOWAK at 7:43AM CDT 07/15/14
Mark, thanks for the question. Both the 6-10 day and 8-14 day forecasts offer above normal temperatures for the Upper Midwest--more favorable for crop progress.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 8:01AM CDT 07/15/14
Rockford, IL TV station is forecasting some possible frost in areas this week. Do you have any idea what model they are looking at?
Posted by Peter Erdmann at 9:50AM CDT 07/15/14
Forecast models all run through different iterations in their productions. Considering the very cool circumstances, it would not be a surprise that one of those iterations/presentations had frost as a possibility.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 5:19AM CDT 07/18/14

Thursday 07/10/14

Sunshine, Dry Weather Favors Crops
The cool, damp weather of June has been replaced by a drier, warmer weather pattern so far during July. Dry weather stays with us for the time being but some chilly weather will invade eastern areas by early next week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:44AM CDT 07/10/14 by Doug Webster | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Wednesday 07/09/14

El Nino Explained
A thorough review of what El Nino is--and is not--all about from the IRI group.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:33AM CDT 07/09/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
its about time u said something that made sense Bryce, "a normal part of earths climate"
Posted by Mark Knobloch at 9:58PM CDT 07/09/14
Amen ! Mark
Posted by GWL 61 at 11:58AM CDT 07/10/14

Monday 07/07/14

Wheat Weather has Global Focus
Drought problems for this year's wheat crop appear to be confined to the U.S. Southern Plains.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:57AM CDT 07/07/14 by Bryce Anderson | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Thursday 07/03/14

Favorable Soybean Weather Forecast for July
Soybean crop development during July looks to benefit from mild weather and periodic rainfall.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:47AM CDT 07/03/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Bryce, I recently saw an article on one of the news shows that implied that the Antarctic ice flows where on record schedule this year. Seems that we are gaining so much ice in the Antarctic that we have begun to make the artic ice of no importance. Your comments on the improvement on ice flows of the world? Or, will we sweep this under the rug. Sorry bout that. I know you have your beliefs (how ever erred they are). The weather seems to be going back to the early 60s, or late 50s. That would indicate a cycle pattern.
Posted by BD, NE LA. at 8:39PM CDT 07/03/14
BD, NE LA, More ice of artic could hint a cooler summer, which is good for grain yields.We can only guess for this season.
Posted by Bill Liu at 1:19AM CDT 07/08/14

Wednesday 07/02/14

Warmer and Drier Weather Returns For a Time to W. Canada
An improving weather outlook for western Canada's cropland is expected during the next week as warming temperatures and less rainfall are in the forecast.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:24PM CDT 07/02/14 by Doug Webster | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Tuesday 07/01/14

Favorable July Corn Forecast
Corn Belt weather trends point to mild weather and continued periodic rains during July. This could support potential record corn yields.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:57AM CDT 07/01/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Some weather observations from South Central Minnesota. We normally have 3 days in the 90's during June. This year there was none. In a normal growing season we have 13 days in the 90's. We are fast approaching the warmest days of the year and my DTN "local forecast" does not predict any 90 degree days thru July 16th. I'll have to do some local research and see if we ever went an entire growing season without a 90 degree day. But thanks to my DTN "on farm weather station", I read the GDU's accumulated every day. I started planting corn on May 17th. Normally by that date we have accumulated 170 GDU's from a May 1st start date. As of June 30 (yesterday) we have accumulated 820 GDU's on ournorth farm. Normal for this date is 868. So we are only 48 GDU's behind normal. We average about 20 per day at this time of the growing season. So despite nearly a 3 week late start to planting, we are only a little over 2 days behind on growth. Based upon corn leaf count, with normal weather for the next 3 weeks, we should start seeing tassel in about 18 days- nearly right on schedule. I recorded 10.78 inches of rain in June, an all time record for Nowak Farms for the 41 years of farming. I measured my drowned out spots and they amount to 2% of planted acres. Some in the area have more and some just, like us, under 3%. With/if ElNino treats us to a good non stressful rest of growing season, we can make up some of the lost acres with good yields on the remaining acres. Although I must say variability on corn plant health varies tremendously from field to field in the area due probably to compaction and or loss of nitrogen. One noticeable trend is that some of the best looking crop is on last years prevent plant acres that were treated with a cover crops. The tillage radish fields seem to be doing the best, especially if they were not tilled last Fall. Thanks Bryce, you and your staff do a great job keeping us informed on weather and climate.
Posted by MARK & LEA NOWAK at 8:48AM CDT 07/01/14

Friday 06/27/14

May Climate Report
An almost 30-year unbroken string of warming occurred again during May.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:36PM CDT 06/27/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (15)
My skepticism about global warming isn't denial - it's distrust. Several years ago it was reported that nitrates in a local river were higher than they were 100 years earlier. I researched the data and found that in the early 1900s, nitrate samples were only collected in the summer time when aquatic vegetation reduces nitrates. The same report stopped short of using two below normal nitrate years in their "modern" reporting period. But who knew?! The word 'global' is synonymous with comprehensive. I have a hard time believing that in 1880, third world equatorial countries were concerned about globally representative temperature data collection. Turn a globe over and look at the bottom 1/4 of our planet - its all water and ice. Was that area of our planet well represented with temperature data in 1880? Is it today? Or, like the nitrate results, is data just cherry-picked? Fool me once ......
Posted by Curt Zingula at 8:19AM CDT 06/28/14
Good comments Curt and well stated, I'm in your camp -
Posted by Dakota Ag at 11:20AM CDT 06/28/14
Posted by Gene Tiedemann at 1:21PM CDT 06/28/14
I agree that Curt has a good point. I once was told there was an Easter Bunny, woke up to hunting colored eggs and received an basket of chocolate eggs on Easter Morning,,,,, while there was some evidence of rabbits in the yard Easter Morning it was in part a hoax,,,,, last time I beleive thermometer readings around the world!!!!!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 11:42AM CDT 06/29/14
I have never commented before. Maybe I shouldn't. But when 80-90 percent of scientists say there is global warming maybe we should wake up ! It won't matter to us. But what about our grand kids or great grandkiids. Maybe we should think of the future. We won't live forever although we all try not to accept that fact. Hoping for better future. THINK!!
Posted by DONALD LITTLE at 9:17PM CDT 06/29/14
Good luck on trying to stop an unstoppable force. Prepare to adapt, its called evolution.
Posted by Unknown at 9:26PM CDT 06/29/14
How are those warm temperatures making all that ice down at the S. pole? Maybe all the pontificating in certain areas of the world is leaving us all a little off balance! Has the current administration really made the seas began to recede back to the pole and become ice in just 6 short years. Maybe 80 to 90 percent of the crowd is chasing the wrong assumptions and u and me are being exposed!
Posted by Jim R Lerwick at 11:05PM CDT 06/29/14
"Unknown" makes a good point about preparing to adapt. If man's burning of fossil fuels and subsequent release of CO2 is the problem, then consider that in just 18 months China will increase its CO2 release by about the same amount as Obama policy expects to decrease CO2 here in the States.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:10AM CDT 06/30/14
80-90 % of the scientists? How is this verifiable? I won't link it, as you can do the research yourself, but just do a little leg work on what happens to the dissenters of climate change. This folks, is ONE BIG LIE.
Posted by Brandon Butler at 11:18AM CDT 06/30/14
so much for accurate information poured about half inch yet nothing on the 24 hour map yesterday what other results are inaccurate phil
Posted by Unknown at 5:52PM CDT 06/30/14
I attended a discussion on climate change at Princeton University this year, standing room only and hardly that. They were the greatest brains on the subject and their conclusion was that there is no question that their is serious climate change brought about by humans releasing CO2 from burning fossil fuel and that this is being sped up by perma-frost areas thawing and releasing methane gas. Yes at this point it is more about how we will adapt to this change that is already in place, but we need to deal with cutting down the emissions of greenhouse gas by using much less fossil fuels. The panel had little time for deniers and their questions other then to say the research and figures are in and they are dismal.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:28AM CDT 07/01/14
Posted by Brandon Butler at 2:14PM CDT 07/01/14
In regards to my last post, it is only a matter of a few hours I'm sure that Bryce and Jay will give give the excuses why the gist of that article doesn't matter, et al. I'll give you to water carriers a hint....STOP SUPPORTING THOSE THAT LIE AND MANIPULATE DATA. You are being used. Do we as a whole need to use finite resources in a better way? Do we need to care for our environment better than in the past? A RESOUNDING YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS. But to blindly follow those that have shown that they are manipulating data to fit and agenda torpedoes YOUR credibility and makes those that ask questions first turn a blind eye or put up objections to environmental issues. Just for once admit that there is big money behind the climate issues and there are those attempting to profit from it with less than lily white intentions.
Posted by Brandon Butler at 2:20PM CDT 07/01/14
!00 million dollar bribe to Democratic party by Tom Steyer to their candidates and Obama causes will get the Keystone Pipeline shut down and people say it is not about the,money what pathetic fools !! Good ole Tom made billions in the fossil fuels industry and plans on making even more with a little help from his slavish politically connected friends. It is really quite sad that people will give up so much so easily for a few dollars and some false praise .
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 3:48PM CDT 07/01/14
80-90 % of the germans followed Hitler.... talk is cheap. Make me a 200 hp tractor that runs on clean energy... I dare you :-P
Posted by Paul Beiser at 7:58AM CDT 07/09/14

Thursday 06/26/14

Too Much Rain and Lack of Warmth Slow W. Canada Crop Development
After a few days of somewhat drier and milder weather we see a new storm threat coming this weekend that may bring more heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Canadian Prairies.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:09AM CDT 06/26/14 by Doug Webster | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Friday 06/20/14

El Nino By A Different Name Maybe
Peculiarities in the Pacific Ocean may be indicating a variance of El Nino known as El Nino Modoki developing.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:54PM CDT 06/20/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
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If we are setting up similar to 1986, I can tell you the effects on Ag that year in western Oklahoma-massive flooding! I was fifteen years old and just about the time we started cotton harvest in early October, it started to rain. It ever stopped. Rivers changed channels, bridges washed out, basements and cellars flooded that never had due to high water tables. Cotton harvest generally ended shortly after Thanksgiving back then. We finished in April, 1987 barely in time to get the next years crop planted!
Posted by MATT MULLER at 4:21PM CDT 06/20/14
I read an artilce on-line in the Western Producer back in February that was calling for this El Nino Modoki. According to this artilce this scenario would lead to continued drought in the West and Southern High Plains. Well areas in the Southern High Plains are getting some rainall now, but our area in extreme SW Kansas continues to miss the big soaking rains. Frustrating, but at least it seems like every week there is at least a chance and one of these days maybe we'll luck out and get a toad strangler. Looks to me like there is just still alot of unknowns in this El Nino forming in regards to timing, intensity, and effects in the west.
Posted by Brad Niehues at 9:35AM CDT 06/23/14
There was massive flooding across central Michigan during September 1986! We got 13" of rain in a 24 hour period in early September 1986 on our farm. It proceeded to rain on and off for the rest of the month and we got over 20" of rain during the month of September 1986! It was then dry during the month of October 1986.
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 9:38AM CDT 06/24/14

Thursday 06/19/14

Excessive Rains and Cool Weather Slows W. Canada Crop Development
Flooding problems for portions of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan should ease during the next week as a drier and milder weather pattern gradually evolves across Western Canada.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:47AM CDT 06/19/14 by Doug Webster | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Tuesday 06/17/14

The Message In The Twin Tornadoes
Another helping of extreme and severe weather in the north-central U.S. and Canadian Prairies suggests continued impact of climate change due to global warming.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:44PM CDT 06/17/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
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Thinking back on the last forty years that I've been engaged in farming, the hottest, coldest, wettest and driest growing seasons were all in the first half of that period. However, the heaviest single rain events have been more recent. ISU Extension Climatologist, Elwynn Taylor, has an interesting perspective on rainfall in Iowa; Considering that crops use 23 inches of water/year and rainfall has increased from 30 inches/year to 33 inches since the 1940's, the increase in SURPLUS rain increases nearly 40%, not the more obvious 10% (30 to 33). Of course, this has a profound effect on flooding. Still, I have to wonder if "extreme" weather, to some extent, isn't verbalized more often due to its frequent use by the media?
Posted by Curt Zingula at 8:55AM CDT 06/18/14
It is true that linking short-term events to climate change is pushing the envelope--there just isn't that much of a record for severe weather reports to make a definitive link. But the precipitation trends to heavier events are tangible, documented and consistently occurring. These heavy-by-a-wide-margin precipitation events have become more prevalent are are likely to continue. And, obviously, this trend has a big impact on efforts to keep these heavy rains from moving many tons of topsoil into the ditch.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 10:48AM CDT 06/18/14
I think that the message is that weather can be violent. Our records are too short to say this has never happened or its because of whatever they are now calling global warming. Are we not on the longest streak ever for a major hurricane to have not hit the USA? Lets focus on that part of the forecast for a bit...It is so easy to point to every event and call it part of the climate disruption narative. If the evidence is so undeniable why does the president have to tell college grads to hound us who don't believe in it at their commencement program? Why do liberals just love to tell everyone else to do so much and have such disdain for us who prefer to do things the way we see fit for ourselves.
Posted by Roger Neshem at 1:07PM CDT 06/18/14
Has anyone ever noticed how denial is the same with climate as it is with alcoholism? Just no reason to get off the stuff rather it be booze or oil? We have wars for it, we suffocate future generations all along depleting the earths resources to maintain driving BIG 4 wheel trucks and maintain a lifestyle that drunk on oil. All the weather we have now was predicted by the "alarmists"years ago, co2 molecules can be counted in the atmosphere and the effect is well documented, weather is changing accordingly to this formula but like the drunk in the bar the denialists insist on driving home!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 1:24PM CDT 06/18/14
Quite the comparison you got going there Jay. Why don't you go plug your electric car in and make sure your standing in a puddle of water.
Posted by GWL 61 at 2:30PM CDT 06/18/14
This supports the need for more improved drainage in many areas. Why are all the people that "have drainage of their own" turned "anti-drainage" toward the people that do not have drainage? Heavier rainfall events should support the need for drainage.
Posted by Unknown at 4:21PM CDT 06/18/14
I'm sorry, Bryce; but, I have to say that your level of credibility in my eyes just slipped a notch with your above message. Severe weather events, by definition, are always going to occur randomly in different parts of the world as time goes on. And despite the media's continual assertion for years on end about the threat of global warming (now climate change, since the globe is NOT warming, as threatened years ago by Al Gore), the science on this is NOT settled by scientists, by any means. If anything, there has been growing evidence in the last 5-10 years that the global warming/climate change theory is in reality a politically driven agenda. The IPCC is one of the (main) political entities (at the international level ) that is driving this agenda. posted by: Verlin Bulmahn, Indiana
Posted by Unknown at 9:35PM CDT 06/18/14
I sure will GWL, even plug it in during the rain, totally safe, but hey lets have a contest, both of us sit in a closed garage with our cars running, how about that one???? You in for it?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 9:42PM CDT 06/18/14
Bryce at what point or what does it take for the corrupt USDA "markets" to take note of how much damage too much rain can do to an area? How sad and sick is this situation that the only way commodity prices go up is disaster has to hit many areas hard before the USDA government controlled "markets" react. We all know another bearish report from that corrupt USDA will hit the "market" and again and again the end result is always the same, DOWN. The government has no business controlling markets, the "reports" are such a joke yet the "market" reacts now only to USDA lies.
Posted by DAVID/KEVIN GRUENHAGEN at 10:47PM CDT 06/18/14
Regarding warming--per the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the month of May was the warmest month worldwide on record. Details are at this link:
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 5:11AM CDT 06/19/14
Verlin's comments about the IPCC are noteworthy. At the Copenhagen convention, Hugo Chavez, dictator of oil exporting Venezuela, spoke to cheering throngs that capitalism is the cause of global warming. Obviously there are political overtones to the work of the IPCC!!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:58AM CDT 06/19/14
The trend toward heavy, heavy rain must be respected. We need to remind ourselves that the precipitation issue continues the trend we have seen recently with more precipitation occurring in large events. What about infrastructure--it is not built to handle such large events. This has a severe impact on people, housing, livelihood and in general confidence when these things happen. These are real numbers and real occurrences. Records continue to be set--and not by a small margin, but by Gulliver-esque leaps--in many cases blowing the old records out of the water. For example--Sioux Falls has set its wettest month ever--in just the first half of June. And there are still almost two weeks left. The additional precipitation has certainly helped agriculture in the northern Plains and northern Midwest over the last couple decades. This is the downside of more precipitation. More flooding.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 8:46AM CDT 06/19/14
Bruce, Do you support renewable fuels and the renewable fuels standard?
Posted by bbob at 9:26AM CDT 06/19/14
The Ag Weather Forum is for Ag Weather-related questions and comments. Thank you.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 10:20AM CDT 06/19/14
I feel it is important that you answer the question. Why do you continually try to link weather events to global warming and climate change? What is your agenda?
Posted by bbob at 10:49AM CDT 06/19/14
Jay, only you could have such a dumb of a challenge as that. Its almost as dumb of post as the one you posted earlier.
Posted by GWL 61 at 11:22AM CDT 06/19/14
I thought this forum was for agenda driven drivel.
Posted by Brandon Butler at 12:54PM CDT 06/19/14
It looks pretty obvious that from the reaction we have had, that this topic was one that drew interest and, indeed, has been one which people are talking about. That's the purpose of this blog. To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, sometimes a weather topic is just a weather topic. I appreciate the comments. This thread is now closed. There will be other opportunities for discussion in the near future.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 1:55PM CDT 06/19/14
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